Not all Conspiracy Theories are Nonsense

There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there, and if you believe some of them you could go crazy. I don’t see, for example, how a small group of rich and powerful bankers could actually be running the world. And what’s up with those stories of black government helicopters getting set to round up […]
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Sometimes Deadly Force is the Only Option

I hold no brief for Ronald Reagan. I think his “legend” is an example of the slick propaganda at which Republicans are so adept. But there’s one thing he did that scratches where I itch. When a tinpot dictator named Muammar Abu Minyar Gaddafi announced that he was training suicide squads to attack American and […]
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The Curious Logic of Tea Party Economics

Of course I know that all Tea Party folks don’t think alike. I realize that the movement is basically a marriage of opposites – people who want to tell others how to run their lives and people who want to be left alone. But a common theme is emerging that illustrates the sorry level of […]
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Unions’ Demise Would be Bad News for Middle Class

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot of bad things about trade unions. Some of it is undoubtedly deserved.  But most of it is propaganda. For decades now, the conservative noise machine has been on a tear in America, building the case for the attack on unions that you are now witnessing. For a lot of […]
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Crooked Referees Skew Contest Between the Classes

Sometimes, I’ll be watching a sports event, and wonder whether the referees – or umpires – have been bribed. It happens a lot in football, where there are so many fouls that it’s up to the officials to decide which ones to call. Considering the prevalence of gambling on ball games and who controls the […]
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It’s Time to Stand up and be Counted

To some extent, we’re all chameleons. We usually try to blend in with the background, reluctant to attract embarrassing attention. We go with the flow and don’t rock the boat. But sometimes events rule out that option. Sometimes we have to announce our presence and stand up for the things that matter to us. This […]
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When People Exist for the Benefit of Corporations

It seems to me that institutions should exist for the benefit of people and not the other way around. But as I mull over the state of affairs in the world, I can’t avoid the conclusion that most of today’s governments operate to enrich global corporations at the expense of their citizens. I am not […]
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At Least, I Can Boycott Koch Brothers’ Products

If there were any justice, the Koch brothers would be arrested as terrorists. After all, there is more than one way to destroy innocent lives in order to intimidate the masses and bend politicians to your will. Bombs and grenades are one way. Funding extremist politicians who introduce oppressive policies is another. Guns don’t kill […]
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We Can Be Idle No Longer. It’s Time to Act

Look folks, this is serious business. We’ve been writing stuff and reading stuff and tut-tutting and finger wagging long enough. It’s time to hit the bricks. If you live in the USA and you can get to a protest rally, go for it. If you can’t physically join a protest, write to the newspaper and […]
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Is Economic Chaos a Prelude to Social Change?

Anyone who is paying attention can see that the United States is teetering on the edge of economic disaster. The massive national debt (about 14 trillion and increasing as I type) is unsustainable. The federal government’s revenue might not be able to keep up with the interest on the debt, and if that happens, America’s […]
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